France said Wednesday it will carry out nationwide tests for coronavirus after the lockdown is lifted.

The announcement by the country’s Health Ministry came after a recommendation by the Committee Analysis Research and Expert (CARE), a panel of 12 doctors and researchers, which convened Tuesday upon a request by President Emanuel Macron.

The committee is chaired by virologist Dr. Francoise-Barre Sinoussi of the Pasteur Institute, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2008 for her role in the discovery of the AIDS virus.

“Confinement is currently the only true operational strategy,” said the committee.

As fatalities from the virus mount,

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